Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Partnerships to Prevent Violence: ARISE

By Leigh Kimberg, MD

Each day, an overwhelming majority of our patients arrive in clinic wishing that their healthcare providers would ask them questions about how their personal relationships affect their health and, more specifically, whether an intimate partner, family member or other person has hurt or threatened them.  And, despite the requirement by the Affordable Care Act that all women and girls be offered interpersonal violence (IPV) (intimate partner violence and sexual assault) screening, brief counseling and referral, healthcare providers and healthcare systems have not institutionalized this practice.  “Aspire to Realize Improved Safety and Empowerment” (ARISE), a partnership program newly funded by the Office of Women’s Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services, will fully institutionalize these life-saving practices in the San Francisco Health Network primary care system.